The road to Lac de la Girotte is not for the sissies

Barrage de la Girotte is a high mountain reservoir at an elevation of 1.753m (5,751ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

Lac de la Girotte

The road to the lake with turquoise waters is totally unpaved. It’s very narrow and challenging. The road to the lake was built in 1949. It’s usually impassable in winters. Before the dam was built there was a natural lake.

The road is brutally steep, hitting a 26.8% through some of the ramps. Starting at Parking de Belleville, the ascent is 5.5 km (3.41 miles) long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 516 meters. The average percentage is 9.38%.